As a child I adored bourbon biscuits, I remember being very embarrassed as a teenager hearing my mother telling someone “Oh she’s anyone’s for a bourbon”.
As a thirty-something adult, wife and mother of two I still love bourbon biscuits so they were my obvious first-pimp choice. Being a relatively accomplished baker of biscuits already I didn’t have to do too much research into the best dough for the biscuit part – it’s Saint Delia’s gingerbread man recipe only without the ginger and with the addition of plenty of cocoa powder. It won’t be man shaped either but I guess it’ll be man-sized 😉
I have no idea of the cost of this pimp as I had all the ingredients at home anyway.
First step was to gather together the ingredients – I have these all at home anyway so I didn’t even need to leave the house 😀 (except for an emergency trip to a neighbour as I didn’t think I could pimp a bourbon without any cocoa!!!)
I set about making the dough: measure, stir, melt, add butter, stir, melt,
add flour, sneeze, stir,
The dough ended up looking scarily like something we’d seen this morning as we walked across a field of horses while geocaching ( www.geocaching.com )
In the interests of accuracy I decided to take measurements of a bourbon so the end result would be as authentic as possible
I rolled the dough out to the required size and cut out the two rectangles – if you’re interested a ‘normal’ bourbon is a little over twice as long as it’s wide at about 2.9cm x 6cm – mine ended up being 15cm x 32cm approx.
The cut shapes were carefully transferred to baking trays lined with baking parchment ready to go in the oven. I decided on a slow baking at 160C so they cooked evenly.
I had no idea how long they would take to cook as I have never baked anything on this scale before (funnily enough!)
I took the biscuits out part way through cooking to poke in the regulation 10 holes
and cut in the wording before returning them to the oven to finish baking
Once they were finished baking I took them out of the oven to cool and set about making a filling for them. I decided on a mixture of butter icing and melted chocolate
The finished biscuit is an awesome sight and seriously dwarfs the original. I weighed them both – original bourbon: a very tasty 13g, my pimped behemoth bourbon: a pimptastic 1355g – over 104 times heavier!!!
Now all I have to do is explain to the rest of the family why they’ve got no tea! Pudding’s sorted though I guess. The boys look happy enough with their tea 😉